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Phonetics

I was attempting to send a text in a humorous accent when it hit me just how futile that is with the English alphabet.

I want the world to adopt the IPA so we can text in silly accents without silly spelling.

I vant eht zo badly!

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Chronicler’s Cipher Version 1.0.0

Here it is! My continued work on emulating Chronicler’s Cipher from Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle.

This version straightens out that whole vertical/horizontal thing I completely overlooked on earlier versions. Sorry if you already learned all the symbols for the last version, I know I said I wouldn’t change them again, but I couldn’t let things just stay wrong. Besides, I think this looks significantly better than v0.2.

Version 1.0.0 also includes a somewhat logical orthography, rules that make sense, and tone marks!

POINTS TO NOTE

  • This is a work in progress. From this point forward the symbols will not change from their associated phonetics. This time I mean it.
  • This is meant to capture the sound of what’s being said so you needn’t worry about spelling.
  • I’m not an expert in linguistics, hardly even a novice. I made this because it seemed nobody else was going to and it’s something I really want to exist. So, if you think you can do it better, or improve upon the structure I’ve built, please do!
  • I don’t have a scanner and I lack the knowledge to make all of this on the computer so I apologize for the slightly-blurry slightly-skewed slightly-smudgy nature of these documents.
  • The goal with Chronicler’s Cipher is to create a a method for transcribing that is faster than written English using a dip pen. Thus, the minimization of pen strokes is prized; turning “Look” from 7 strokes to 3. This, however, means lots of symbols to memorize and new muscle movements to grow accustomed to. The cipher won’t be easier or faster at first, but it’s not meant to be easy and faster comes with practice.
  • I’ve doubtlessly made mistakes. If you find some, please point them out.

My thanks go out again to users on r/kingkillerchronicle and Tumblr for their continued support and advice. The feedback from these two communities has proven invaluable. Also thanks to Isla and Rick for their advisement.

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Chronicler’s Cipher 
IMPENDING  VERSION 1.0
So here’s an update for people following this blog for cipher stuff:
Some very kind folk on reddit pointed out that v0.2 was nice and all but Chronicler’s Cipher was specifically vertical vowels and horizontal consonants. Mine was decidedly NOT that. Also I thought it was horribly ugly.
I spent all night braining.
I came up with a better cipher! This one is true to the text with its verticals and horizontals! Also it looks aesthetically correct for the Kingkiller Chronicle universe. I’m actually pretty darn happy with how it turned out.
The next week or so I will really take my time, try for a logical progression of characters/sounds, include as many of everyone’s suggestions as possible and work out something for tone markings.
After that I”ll release a Version 1.0 into the wild.
So the above is a little snippet to give you an idea of what this will look like and wet your appetite for the finished cipher. Thanks again to everyone for the wholly unexpected and overwhelming support!

Chronicler’s Cipher

IMPENDING  VERSION 1.0

So here’s an update for people following this blog for cipher stuff:

  • Some very kind folk on reddit pointed out that v0.2 was nice and all but Chronicler’s Cipher was specifically vertical vowels and horizontal consonants. Mine was decidedly NOT that. Also I thought it was horribly ugly.
  • I spent all night braining.
  • I came up with a better cipher! This one is true to the text with its verticals and horizontals! Also it looks aesthetically correct for the Kingkiller Chronicle universe. I’m actually pretty darn happy with how it turned out.
  • The next week or so I will really take my time, try for a logical progression of characters/sounds, include as many of everyone’s suggestions as possible and work out something for tone markings.
  • After that I”ll release a Version 1.0 into the wild.

So the above is a little snippet to give you an idea of what this will look like and wet your appetite for the finished cipher. Thanks again to everyone for the wholly unexpected and overwhelming support!

Filed under Chronicler's Cipher kingkiller chronicle the name of the wind version 1.0

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TO THE HANDFUL OF YOU THAT KEEP FINDING THIS:
VERSION 1.0.0 IS HERE

Chronicler’s Cipher Version 0.2

This is my continued work on emulating Chronicler’s Cipher from Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle.

This version includes a drastically broadened scope of phonetics including a handful of non-English sounds. It is incomplete as I still lack both an elegant solution for indicating intonation as well as a sizable portion of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

As it stands, this should be enough to transcribe much of the spoken English language and likely some smattering of other languages if you’re clever with your symbols.

POINTS TO NOTE

  • This is a work in progress. From this point forward the symbols will not change from their associated phonetics but new symbols will likely be added.
  • This is meant to capture the sound of what’s being said so you needn’t worry about spelling.
  • I’m not an expert in linguistics, hardly even a novice. I made this because it seemed nobody else was going to and it’s something I really want to exist. So, if you think you can do it better, or improve upon the structure I’ve built, please do!
  • I don’t have a scanner and I lack the knowledge to make all of this on the computer so I apologize for the slightly-blurry slightly-skewed slightly-smudgy nature of these documents.
  • The goal with Chronicler’s Cipher is to create a a method for transcribing that is faster than written English using a dip pen. Thus, the minimization of pen strokes is prized; turning “Look” from 7 strokes to 3. This, however, means lots of symbols to memorize and new muscle movements to grow accustomed to. The cipher won’t be easier or faster at first, but it’s not meant to be easy and faster comes with practice.
  • I’m aware that the symbols are not given in any particularly logical order.

Thanks to Tumblr and Reddit for the overwhelming support for this little project. Should I one day perfect this writing system I’ll remember to float the lot of you home on Scutten. 

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After reading The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear, it bothered me that I couldn’t find any attempts online to recreate Chronicler’s Cipher. I guess if you want something done…

So here it is! Chronicler’s Cipher (or my attempt at it, anyway).

There are two goals here: One is to have a fast method for recording a large amount of text by hand, the other is to have a method of writing that allows you to transcribe languages you don’t understand. To accomplish these goals I created characters that are mostly a single stroke, a vowel following a consonant can overlay, and many sounds have an explicit stroke (see, Ng, Th, St, Ay vs Ah, etc.)

So here are some of the key things to know before setting out on your own:

  • This cipher is meant to capture things phonetically -> Don’t worry about spelling (see examples)
  • Vowels are broken into Major and Minor. If you imagine the characters in the bounds of a box, the Major vowels should occupy as large an area as a consonant while the Minor vowels occupy ~1/4th.
  • A vowel not preceded by a consonant may stand alone, but following a consonant should always be attached to the preceding consonant.
  • A combined consonant and vowel is called a “Sound”
  • A Sound may be repeated by underlining it - Example, Mississippi would be Mi-si-pi *
  • Consider this a Beta test. I hammered it out in about 10 hours of trial and error. There’s still some stuff wonky with it thematically.Feel free to make suggestions!
  • It is not going to be faster or easier until you’ve had lots of practice with it but it is ultimately far fewer strokes per word. We’re not all as fast-studied as Kvothe.

*I meant to write this example out but after 10 hours of writing and rewriting this thing with a dip pen my wrist is inoperable. Furthermore, I am not a linguist. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing here. Most of this was inspired by Circular Gallifreyan and the Pigpen Cipher.

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Impending Obsolescence

Technology makes doing things easier. Less energy is needed to accomplish a given task through the utilization of technology. That task can be harvesting a crop, building furniture, welding joints on a car, and so on. Instead of spending a huge number of man hours accomplishing those things, some small percentage of those man hours can be leveraged with technology to accomplish the task. What that means is the advancement of technology results in less available work.

Entire industries have fallen away because of technology -> http://imgur.com/a/S3lOX

New industries arise, yes, but it’s taking a diminishing number of man hours to make these industries operate. Car welding, for example. Now it’s done by robots. Say, for the sake of argument, that it previously took the energy of 100 welders to weld cars. Now we have 100 robots. The welding jobs are gone but now there’s robot maintenance. The problem is that it does not take the energy of 100 men to repair 100 robots. It takes the energy of 1 man. And that one man can be shared between many other sets of 100 robots. New industry, stronger industry, less energy needed.

The examples in the link and the example of the welders aren’t isolated incidents. This is what technology does. It’s what it’s meant to do. If technology required us to expend more energy to accomplish a task we wouldn’t use it. New tasks come up but they can’t require more energy than the technology that brought them about.

Self-driving cars are a reality arriving on our streets in the next five years. Drone package delivery is only laughable until Amazon airdrops your urgently needed tennis balls. Even warfare is being accomplished with fewer soldiers by leveraging available technology.

So technology is advancing. Jobs are disappearing. Why is this not being addressed in government policy? Where is the discussion? What do we even do about this?

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